Author: cairistiona

Nominator: Inzilbeth

2011 Award Category: Drabble: Character Study

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Glorfindel has an enlightening conversation with a very young Dúnadan.(100 words; part of a collection of loosely related ficlets and drabbles.)

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Reviewed by: Rivergift  ✧  Score: 4

Yet another conversation-drabble! Out of the mouths of babes, truly! Out of those 100 words, a snippet of these two lives when they interconnected, we draw so much hope and sweet innocence. For Glorfindel, the balrog-slayer, who has seen three ages of this world pass by, it must be a poignant moment and a beautiful reminder that Iluvatar has not abandoned them to their fate, even now in this darkest of times. Lovely drabble!

Author response: Thank you, Rivergift! I do like conversation drabbles... they're a good exercise in writing dialogue, for one thing, and it's fun to create and explore characters solely through their spoken words. There's something especially fun about exploring these two particular characters in this fashion. :)

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

What a perfect little scene! Out of so many young-Estel fics, this is one of the more memorable ones I've read. Here, cairistiona has managed to capture the essence of the small child in its purest form, and it's really quite endearing.

Author response: Why thank you for saying this was one of the more memorable young-Estel fics! I wanted to explore the canon concept of Aragorn's innate sense of hope, one that showed even at an early age that he was aptly named by Elrond, perhaps more so than anyone could have guessed. I like to think he really caught Glorfindel by surprise here. :)

Reviewed by: Inzilbeth  ✧  Score: 3

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this. With the whole essence of Aragorn's being and purpose embodied in the concept of Estel, this childish foreknowledge of something the boy cannot possible comprehend is just wonderful. Bravo!

Author response: Thank you, Liz! I think of all the drabbles I've tried to write, this one is one of my favorites for the fact that it does explore the innate essence of Aragorn's estel, the hope with trust that was in him from the beginning that I think must have been as innate to his character as the color of his eyes and length of his legs are to his physical body. Elrond did such a good job naming him, didn't he!

Reviewed by: Levade  ✧  Score: 3

I can't help think now that Estel and Glorfindel would have of a similar mind about the world. Yes, there is darkness and evil, but if you look up there is the sky, and clouds, glorious sunsets and an amazing world of beauty. Neither of these two ever let it get them down, neither lost trust in the greater good. I love that you showed it so clearly!

Author response: Thank you, Levade! I'm with you... I think there's likely quite a bit in common between those two, what with Glorfindel having experienced death and Estel, even at a young age, having that faith and hope, that estel, that served him to the end of his days and his giving back the Gift. It was fun to explore how a little child might express that.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

Ahh, the trust of a child. Some things just are. This little scene captures this trust so well. Not everything has to be explained.

Author response: Thank you! You've definitely pegged little Estel's feelings on the matter. :) I wanted to show that even at a young age, Aragorn had a level of faith and trust that was extraordinary. And leave it to a child to never feel he has to explain why!

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

One is never too old to learn nor is one ever too young to teach. In Imladris, a very young Estel is able to give Glorfindel a most unexpected lesson in philosophy.

Author response: Thank you! This is definitely part of what I was aiming for with this drabble... that even Glorfindel can be a bit caught by surprise!

Reviewed by: Malinornë  ✧  Score: 2

Perhaps not really my kind of fic, but I found it sweet and it's always endearing to see children communicating with elves :)

Author response: Thank you so much! I'm grateful despite it not really being your thing that you took a moment to leave a review, and that despite it not being your thing, you liked it. :) MEFA's fun for finding works we might not otherwise think to read.